IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 69 of the 100 Day Challenge! Toes to Bar might seem intimidating, but check out the video below for some energy saving, efficiency tips for your Tabata today! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Lamb Shish Kabobs. Try a new marinade on your protein today, and what better way to incorporate your veggies than alternating those beautiful colors on your barbeque skewer! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Every experience, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel – cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. ~ Orison Swett Marden

Essential Element: In the economy of our lives, we must recognize the need for strategies that protect our limited resources – and assist us in living life to its fullest [click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms].

Journal: Everything we encounter has the capacity to shape us for the better … IF, and only if, we allow it to. Our families are some of our most powerful life-shapers. How have you allowed your time with your family this past week to shape you? How did you resist it? Consider in your journal the things you felt most shaped by this past week.  Are you disabling that chisel from doing its best work?  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 39 of the 100 Day Challenge! Sprints are a fantastic way to increase your speed as a runner and your lung capacity in general as an athlete! Enjoy!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Nothing says summer like seafood! There are two options for cooking the scallops in our Scallops Provencal: put them in the sauce at the end to cook, or grill them and serve with the sauce. Either way, be careful not to overcook the scallops – they only take a couple of minutes! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.  ~ Lao Tzu

Essential Element: The concept of Unconditional love may prove to be the most challenging essential element of the Bonfire Experience.  At the same time, mastery of unconditional love will trump all other elements when it comes to stress reduction and achieving peace of mind and heart [click here to read Spark Insight: Unconditional Love].

Journal:  Think back to an instance or season of life where those around you lifted you up – enabling you to do more than you could have on your own. Then think back to an effort you made to achieve something you wouldn’t otherwise have tried for, had your love for someone not been present. Recount both of these instances your journal today.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 9 of the 100 Day Challenge! Wall Balls are deceptive in that they look like a fun, creative game from when you were a kid… but after your Tabata today you’ll know better. This full body workout will have your quads shaking! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Turkey Egg Scramble is a great way to fuel for the 100 Day Challenge! Its also a surefire way to make sure that leftover turkey in the fridge doesn’t go to waste! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow. ~ Thomas Paine

Essential Element: We are designed to grow – even flourish – under stress.  Nearly all advancements that we make neurologically, physically, emotionally and socially happen as a direct result of some kind of challenge. [click here to read Spark Insight: The Value of Struggle]

Journal: If you sat across from your best friend at the dinner table tonight – and they were all ears – what would you tell them your greatest internal struggle is right now? Outside of any struggles with people or finances – what are YOU facing inside yourself? Write out in your journal what this battle looks like. Then copy down todays quote and essential element.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Handstand Push Ups are a great exercise to work up to! Don’t be shy! All you need to start is a wall! If you’ve already got these down, increase your reps and continue to tone those arm muscles! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Take it from Dr. Paul… “Bonfire Stroganoff is one of the tastiest recipes I make!  You will definitely want to make extra of this for leftovers.”  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:

Essential Element: In the economy of our lives, we must recognize the need for strategies that protect our limited resources – and assist us in living life to its fullest. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms]

Journal:  What moments have you been in lately? I mean really in. Moments you tasted and touched and reminisced about later. Pick one from the last few weeks. Recount it in your journal.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises] Spark photo credit: http://starsmasquerading.tumblr.com/post/2979717273

 

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Whether you throw this recipe in the crockpot, or tend to it over the stove, today’s Simple Savory Lamb Stew will knock your socks off! Chock full of protein and enhanced with natural herbs and spices, this supper will be the perfect ending to a full day!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Have you turned those single jump ropes into Double Unders yet? It might seem like a ‘jump’ (!), but its time to step it up! Challenge yourself today and give them a try! [Click here for additional Workouts]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved.
~ Barbara Johnson
Essential Element: It’s important to differentiate that Unconditional Love does not imply unconditional approval.  We should reserve the right to disapprove of another’s (and our own) behavior, yet, without judgment, accept them and love them unconditionally. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Love']
Journal:  You know where you struggle? That thing you most dislike about yourself? The area you constantly seek to improve in– but always seem to come up short?   What might it look like to love yourself here? Without ‘approving’ of your actions, habits, or attitudes needing improvement – write in your journal three personal affirmations of who you are right now – three parts of yourself that remain intact, even through out this growth process.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by admin

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Air Squats This essential movement is crucial to add to your daily schedule. Air squats not only work your quads and core, but strengthen your lower back as well! Runners, especially, can benefit from adding squats to their pre-run stretch, halfway point, and at the end of their run, as well. A strong lower back eliminates a multitude of common daily aches and pains, so squat away! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Looking for a way to ward off this lingering winter chill? What better way than Chanya’s Chili? Chock full of protein and essential vegetables, this beautiful dish will warm your insides and your soul!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Patience is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation Ann Voskamp
Essential Element: Healthy people are always learning – looking for opportunities to grow and expand. [Click to read 'Creating Change']
Journal: Where is your work schedule rigid? Where is it flexible? Many of us perceive our work week as something we must struggle through in order to bring home a paycheck. Perspective shift!: Write out your typical work week schedule, noting the particularly tedious hours in the week. Choose one of these times and consider how you might make it more valuable – for you and your co-workers.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY – Friday

by admin
FUEL: Dish of the Day:
Cucumber Turkey Avocado Rolls  As we try to stay away from grains, we need to be creative. Here’s a quick and great ‘wrap’ substitute. Can easily be wrapped up to take on the road to work or school.  [Click here for additional recipes]

 

AIR: Movement of the Day:
Thrusters  We’ve featured this before and we will continue to bring it to your attention because the thruster, like the squat (actually thrusters incorporate a squat), works the whole body in a safe but demanding way. Short on time? Do a Tabata Interval workout with thrusters and see what a four minute workout can do for you.  [Click here for additional workouts]

SPARK: Journal of the Day:
Quote of the Day: “The more I allow myself to be seduced by distraction, the more distractible I become.”  ~ Tony Shwartz
Essential Element: Our culture is in desperate need of fewer choices and greater depth. Our constant access to channels of communications keeps our brains consistently over-stimulated. [click to view Spark Insight -  Restorative Sleep]
Journal: Put your brain at rest. Take ten minutes and simply focus on your breathing – emptying your mind of to-dos and tasks. At the end of this exercise, write down the primary thought (or thoughts) that came to mind.     [Click here for additional journaling exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY – Tuesday

by admin
Dish of the Day:
Paleo Yambanana Bread: This is not only easy and super yummy, but it is packed with nutrition – eggs, yams, coconut, raisins, nuts (optional), and shredded carrot! Add or subtract whatever ingredients you like – this recipe is very forgiving, so it’s hard to mess this up. (Click here for additional recipes)

 

 

Movement of the Day:
Wall Balls Got only 10 minutes to workout? Do 75, 100, or 150 Wall Balls and you’re done. Can be done with any weight ball – 2, 5, 10, 12, 15, or 20 pound ball. Don’t have a wall OR a ball? Then do Thrusters (do something).   (Click here for additional workouts)

Journaling of the Day:
Quote of the Day: “When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.” ~ Lou Holtz
Essential Element: This pull between worldly demands and our inner voice can create a tension that is overwhelming if we don’t recognize it. [View entire Week 11 Insight]
Journal: Write down three ways you’d like to get your physical body healthier this coming year.  (Click here for additional journal exercises)

INGITE YOUR DAY – Sunday

by admin

Meal of the Day (MOD): 

  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you find yourself running out of time in the morning, prepare something in advance. A Bonfire best practice is planning some time during your week to do food prep. Sunday afternoons is a great time to make a batch of this Egg Salad and you’re all set for a healthy breakfast for Monday and Tuesday!

Workout of the Day (WOD): 

Journaling of the Day (JOD):

  • Quote of the Day:
    “Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.
” ~ Drew Barrymore
  • Journaling Exercise:
    Our area of greatest struggle is often our area of greatest service to the world. Take 5 minutes and think about the life category in which you have faced some of your toughest struggles. List three things have you learned in the process. 

IGNITE YOUR DAY- Thursday

by admin

Meal of the Day (MOD):

Workout of the Day (WOD): 

Journaling of the Day (JOD):

  • Quote of the Day:
    “Human beings aren’t meant to operate like machines – at high speeds, continuously, for long periods of time. On the contrary, people perform best when they operate rhythmically – spending and renewing energy.” – Tony Schultze
  • Journaling Exercise:
    By intentionally aligning with our body’s natural rhythms, we learn to listen to its signals. How are you actively listening to your body’s need for rest?